Medicaid programs in two states on Jan. 5 issued their first electronic health records meaningful use incentive checks, two days after registration for the Medicare and Medicaid programs started.

Medicaid's initial criteria for demonstrating meaningful use is very basic--an organization must show it is using or adopting a certified EHR. Consequently, federal officials expected Medicaid payments to start being made in January as 11 state agencies started their incentive programs this month.

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